Video: A new dive for the Wayne Rooney dive compilation

Posted by - September 5, 2009 - England, Football videos

He would never intentionally dive, OK?

“I have never intentionally tried to dive, there have been times when I have tried to stay on my feet and tried to get the shot off rather than going down. I have never intentionally dived. I think everyone who watches me play knows I am an honest player who tries to be as honest as they can.

“If the referee gives a penalty at the end of the day then there is nothing you can do. It’s a penalty. If they want to take the punishment further that is down to UEFA and the authorities. I don’t think it is fair for players to dive and try and cheat the other team. It is not fair.”

More Rooney non-dives

  • Mic

    Wasn’t a dive though was it, he went to injure their player, we should be looking at him as a thug rather than a diver, where in the video does it look like he dives? No where, where does it look like he attempts to injure the player tugging at his shirt? Right about where he lunges in… I can’t believe some people think that’s a dive, EVEN the ITV commentators realised it was a lunge for the player, how moronic must you be to think it’s a dive.

  • Nick

    How predictable that every lame football blog would jump on the bandwagon to label that a dive. Rooney was as baffled a penalty was given as anyone.

  • Micky B is a Diamond

    “It was a lunge and then a fall”

    So thats alright then. Give cheating ork an OBE for services to non divers everywhere.

  • Dan

    If Rooney didn’t dive, what was he doing on the ground? Quick, somebody answer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Usama-Waheed/899210433 Usama Waheed

    I would imagine a man of his build and height would take more than that to fall. A dive doesn’t necessarily have to not have contact, people. Drogba goes to ground far too easily for a man of his build, likewise Rooney here.

  • Baptista

    If anything, I believe the slovenian defender was guily of play acting a bit there…

    maybe that’s Platini’s new ploy to keep play acting out of the game, give penalties everytime someone tries to “influence the referee” (presuming from now on any sentence which contains a verb and the words “the referee” can now be found / will soon be ammended into the UEFA law and can be quoted pre-emptively).

  • Joe

    I don’t really know if this is a dive. It looks like he just falls down. It sort of looks like he’s trying to sweep the defenders feet and falls to the ground in the process. I would say that Rooney is a dirty player rather than a diver in this case. The award is pretty inexplicable. I did notice him taking a wild swing at a players knees elsewhere in the game and no action was taken.

  • Louwrens

    To be honest, it looks like he misplaced his left foot in the tussle and it slipped out in front of him. Can’t believe it’s a penalty, but I don’t think he deliberately went to ground either. But I guess in the minds of most “fans” Rooney is either a thug hellbent on hurting everyone else, a serial diver and cheater, or England’s messiah who can do no wrong.

  • CR7

    IMO he didn’t dive. He fell, kicked the player and then when he heard the whistle blow he started hitting the ground because he thought he conceded a freekick and was angry at the decision. I don’t think he was trying to con the ref out of a penalty.

  • Matty Dub

    don’t think it was a dive, think he kicked out at having his shirt pulled, much like his kick on their keeper a bit earlier on

  • englandsnumber6

    HE IS A DIVER FFS, STOP KIDDING YOURSELF. ALMOST EVERY PREM PLAYER WILL GO OVER IN THE BOX TO GET A PEN, ITS A LATIN/DEIGO DISEASE.

  • Louwrens

    WRITING IN ALL CAPS MAKES YOU SOUND A LOT MORE REASONABLE AND UNBIASED OK